Adobe has released Camera Raw 8.1 and DNG Converter 8.1, as final versions of updates that were originally posted as 'release candidates'. ACR 8.1 is designed to work with Photoshop CC but, as promised, is also compatible with Photoshop CS6. It brings support for 7 additional cameras, including the Olympus PEN E-P5 and E-PL5, Ricoh GR and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6, along with profiles for 16 more lens, including Sigma and Zeiss's latest models.

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To install Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe says 'Please use the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6'

Press statement:

Camera Raw 8.1 and DNG Converter 8.1 Now Available 

Camera Raw 8.1 is now available as a final release through the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6.  This release provides support for HiDPI capable displays, new camera and lens support and address bugs that were introduced in previous versions of Camera Raw.  Customers of previous versions of Photoshop can utilize DNG Converter 8.1 to receive raw file support for newly added cameras.

Photoshop CS6 customers traditionally have received camera updates through Camera Raw 7.x releases.  This is the first time that we are providing camera support through a version of the camera raw plug-in that is a whole version number greater than the version of Camera Raw that shipped with a specific version of Photoshop. (Photoshop CS6 shipped with ACR7 and now we’re providing support to CS6 with ACR8.)  As mentioned here, this change allows us to be consistent with our past policy of providing raw support for currently shipping products.  However, when ACR8 is hosted by Photoshop CS6, it will not offer any of the new features described in Photoshop CC marketing materials for ACR8.

Bugs Corrected in Camera Raw 8.1

  • Occasionally the Fill Light adjustment introduced artifacts. This only occurred when processing an image using the PV2010 process version. 
  • When using the Red Eye removal tool, setting red eye darken to 100% would lighten the adjustment instead of darkening it.
  • Reduced the default amount of sharpening applied to images taken with the Fuji X100s camera.

New Camera Support in the Camera Raw 8.1

  • Hasselblad H5D-60
  • Olympus PEN E-P5
  • Olympus PEN E-PL6
  • Phase One IQ260*
  • Ricoh GR
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G6
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1 

* denotes preliminary support

New Lens Profile Support in the Camera Raw 8.1

 Canon PowerShot G1 X  
 Canon PowerShot G15  
 Hasselblad HCD 4.8/24 Hasselblad  
 Nikon Coolpix A  
 Nikon Coolpix P330  
 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400 mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Nikon 
 HD Pentax-D FA645 Macro 90mm F2.8ED AW SR Pentax 
 HD Pentax-DA 560mm F5.6ED AW Pentax 
 Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013 Canon, Sigma 
 Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM C013   Nikon 
 Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN A013 Olympus, Sony 
 Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN A013 Olympus, Sony 
 Zeiss Apo Sonna T* 2/135 ZE Canon 
 Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 ZF.2 Nikon 
 Zeiss Touit 1.8/32 Sony 
 Zeiss Touit 2.8/12 Sony